Our playgroup decided a visit to a local strawberry farm would make a wonderful spring excursion, and we had been looking forward to our visit with much anticipation.
We visited Rolins Strawberry Farm, Elimbah (near Caboolture). This 20 acre farm has been operating for 20 years. We got a wonderful playgroup deal in which the children were able to pick 500g strawberries, and receive a homemade strawberry ice-cream and a chocolate dipped strawberry for only $8 each.
On arrival the children were each given a basket to fill, and we followed our lovely host Donna who took us to our picking tunnel, and showed the children how to pick strawberries correctly.
Tips for picking strawberries - avoid touching the berry, break it off along the stalk instead.
Such delicious, juicy strawberries it was too hard to resist eating them along the way!
And they were soooo sweet!
Baskets full, it was time to take a rest on the grass - and eat more strawberries.
Then we went to see some of the pickers in their carts.
Some expert tips for baskets of delicious strawberries like this;
1. Buy some good runners (as opposed to the seedlings in punnets)
2. Give them lots of water, but strawberries don't like to be watered from above - put a watering spike into the ground and water them that way.
3. Liquid fertilisers (such as fish emulsion, seaweed) are good.
4. Strawberries need to be pollinated - take one of your flowers and gently touch it to the other flowers.